Explore the social and political world
The Princeton Summer Journalism Program is a year-long college preparation program for high school juniors who are interested in journalism.
For the summer of 2024, the program will take advantage of lessons learned during our three virtual summers to offer our first ever multi-week, hybrid summer intensive, which will culminate in our annual 10-day residential institute on the Princeton University campus in New Jersey.
Participants will attend online workshops and lectures with renowned journalists from all over the country throughout the month of July. Students complete weekly reading assignments to stay abreast of current events, begin preparing their own articles, and work with their assigned college counselor to complete components of their college applications. During our residential institute, students will visit Princeton from their hometown and stay in University undergraduate dorms, attending workshops and lectures taught by renowned educators and journalists.
As part of our liberal arts approach to the exploration of journalism, students will take discussion-based classes on the humanities, arts, culture, social events, history, and more while learning skills to produce their own newspaper. Students will have the chance to witness journalists in action as they tour major news organizations, such as The New York Times, Huffington Post and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; produce digital content; attend a film or theatre production; conduct an investigative report; author a group blog; and report, write, edit, and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which will be published on the program's last day.
In addition to introducing students to the multifaceted world of journalism, PSJP is designed to prepare participants for what awaits them in a four-year college experience. We immerse students in a residential experience at one of the best colleges in the country. Participants live in dorms, eat in dining halls, tour campus, and attend lectures led by Princeton professors and campus-life staff. Throughout the summer, they also attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process, including writing personal narratives, choosing the best fit college, and understanding how applications are evaluated, and meet with colleges admissions representatives. These help set students up for success as they begin submitting components of their college applications.
All costs to attend the residential summer institute, including air or ground transportation to and from campus, housing, meals, and equipment for assignments, are covered by the program. PSJP does not provide technology during the virtual portion of the program but will work with students to address barriers to participating to the best of our ability.
2023 Program Participants
PSJP participants come from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Maybe next year you'll be one of them!